Save the Green Planet

I watched this Korean film that’s been promoted as a critically aclaimed, quirky caper picture with an oddball protagonist. In reality it is a very gruesome serial killer thriller with about 10 minutes of quirky caper tacked on. It is filled with lots of references to other movies (Silence of the Lambs, Conspiracy Theory, ET) and it is interesting for a film buff, but it’s not for the squeamish.

It kind of freaks me out that apparently Save the Green Planet is what passes for a comedy in Korea. Apparently, the country is just incapable of making a movie without a torture scene (c.f., anything directed by Ki-duk Kim or Chan-wook Park). I love Korean movies, but I’m not sure what this says about their national character.